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MPOA Says More Black Cops Needed


MPOA President John Walton (left) with Department of Public Safety Director Troy Riggs (center) ( photo: Mike Corbin)

The President of the Minority Police Officers Association says the Circle City needs more African-American cops.


John Walton has been an IMPD officer for 31 years. He says black officers make up about 13.5% of the total 1650 IMPD personnel force. Walton says the overall black population in Marion County is about 28%.

He says the department needs to do a better job at recruiting minority officers. He says community engagement and having a police department that more closely reflects the community helps the department and the community.


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